Irish Actress Caitriona Balfe on Outlander, Sam Heughan, #MeToo, and Matt Damon

Caitriona Balfe covers the July issue of Irish Tatler

Outlander Fraser & Rhenish Collection

Caitriona Balfe talks to Shauna O’Halloran about life on Outlander, wedding plans and why women have had enough of Hollywood’s shitty behaviour (her words, not ours).

A pair of stonewashed Levi’s 501s, flat white converse and a little white T-shirt are all thatCaitriona Balfe needs to rock up to a day’s shooting in North London, and still have a full crew comment on how beautiful she is in real life. It’s never something I like to lead with in interviews – we’re here to discover the person, after all – but I do feel that to not mention it would be a shame, because she is quite stunning, even when off-duty.

 

Ireland’s Super Model

It’s not that much of a surprise of course. The Monaghan native was once one of the most sought after runway models in the world, having been spotted by a Ford Models scout in Dublin. At 18, she was opening and closing shows in Paris for Chanel, Moschino, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton, to name a few.

And this humble glossy is just one of many she’s graced the cover of – with VogueHarper’s Bazaar and Elle magazines all having starred Caitriona over the years. So no wonder there was literally not one bad shot to be found in the photographer’s edit.

The Outlander Days

Today however, Caitriona Balfe is known best to most of the world as Claire Beauchamp Randall – Outlander’s time travelling 1940s nurse who falls for a dashing highland warrior by the name of Jamie Fraser, played by her costar Sam Heughan.

The show, now on series four, is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon and to say it has mega fandom is an understatement. Having taken up acting after her modelling career, Outlander was Caitriona’s first major role and has propelled her into a stratosphere with over five million viewers per episode. How, I wonder, is that?

“It’s been such a wild ride!” She tells me as we sit down to interview. She’s back filming in Scotland for her fourth season and we already know that seasons five and six are a go, so Claire is going to be part of Caitriona’s life for some time to come. “I was cast late into the proceedings. I got cast on the 11th of September and I was in Scotland [for fittings and filming] on the 15th of September 2013. I guess I knew about two days before they announced it!” she says of the whirlwind entry into Outlander.

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